Do you grind or clench your teeth? Do the muscles in your neck often feel tight? In many cases, any of these can be flow-on effects from a bite that is not properly aligned. As a result, your muscles and jaw joint will overcompensate to correct it, which can cause various painful conditions.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry (NMD) is a specialist field that examines the entire system that controls the positioning and function of your jaw and neck. Our neuromuscular dentists use modern technology and other electronic instruments to align the jaw and neck to eliminate pain and other TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) symptoms. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Shoulder, neck and back pain
- Clenching or grinding of your teeth and jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joints
- Jaw pain
- Loose teeth
- Worn or cracked teeth and fillings
- Numbness/tingling of the arms and fingers
The science of neuromuscular dentistry is based on the understanding that your jaw needs to be in its most relaxed position at rest. Your dentist will weigh up the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles. NMD principles will then be applied to rebuild your bite, giving you healthy muscles, strong joints and a beautiful smile.
Neuromuscular Dentistry Treatment
NMD treatment begins by relaxing the muscles around the jaw, using a Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) device. This is an ultra-low frequency unit that deprograms and relaxes muscles, allowing the dentist to correct and re-align your bite. A K7 machine is then used to find your optimal jaw position. This very sensitive measuring tool uses electromyography, sonography, and jaw-tracking scans to record your muscle tension and listen to your jaw joint, while at rest and while functioning.
As a National Dental Care / DB Dental patient, you'll be provided with personalised orthotic devices to gently align your jaw. In this treatment, you will wear a removable (or fixed, in some cases) dental device that will keep the position of your jaw in a more relaxed position. This device is individually made for you, according to your condition and the position of your jaw.
Once the treatment is complete, other restorative techniques are then used to restore your teeth. These can include dental implants, CEREC, and Invisalign®. We also offer aesthetic services including teeth whitening treatments and veneers.
For more information on how NMD can help you and your smile, book here to visit your local National Dental Care / DB Dental practice.